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Old 09-10-2007, 11:03 AM   #1
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This weekend I fell in love with a boat

I wasn't even looking for a boat. In fact, I've never wanted a boat, and I know nothing about them. I WAS looking for a kayak, and saw this ad pop up on CL, with a little robins-egg blue boat. The part that sealed the deal - it has fins! Big pointy fins like an old cadillac, sticking up on each side in the rear. Estimated vintage - 50's to 60's. I can't wait to bring it home tonight and get a pic to share. It's just too adorable.

I went and looked at it, and it was so cheap I think I could sell the trailer by itself and get back out of it with all my money. In fact the guy was trying to sell the trailer and get folks to take the ugly (to him) boat with it, but he couldn't get any takers. Of course I love all things vintage, so it's like we were meant to find each other!

It needs a little work, it's missing it's outboard, it's pretty much just two seats in a fiberglass shell. It's missing a title (something I have to look into today before I go hand over the rest of the money). But still - I'M BUYING A BOAT! What was I thinking!!!!
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now you need a vintage motor to go with it!

kinda partial to evinrudes myself.

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You were thinking, wow! this is something I can really enjoy. Sometimes you just have to have something that catches your eye.

With your talent, I'm sure it will be on the water looking great!

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Old 09-10-2007, 12:41 PM   #4
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Oh, you wouldn't believe the hoops the state is asking me to jump through to handle the lost title. Apparently the boat and the trailer are titled seperately. This means it's twice as much hassle! I just called the guy and told him if he can find the title, he really needs to do so. Else there's a LOT of paperwork.
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I just called the guy and told him if he can find the title, he really needs to do so. Else there's a LOT of paperwork.
Sounds like $$$'s off the price to me.

By the way Stef, you know the definition of a boat don't you?

" a hole in the water into which large sums of money is thrown!" But they sure are a lot of fun and worth every penny.

Congratulations!
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if he really IS the owner, he can write away for replacement titles. it would be much quicker than for you to attempt replacements as the new owner of "lost" property.
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Old 09-10-2007, 05:34 PM   #7
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The two best days of a boat owners life:

1. The day she buys her boat

2. The day she sells her boat

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Old 09-10-2007, 05:52 PM   #8
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I've heard that

I don't doubt he's the real owner (actually his FIL is), and they seem like very nice folks. The main problem was getting different stories from the Dept of Licensing's webpages and the licensing offices themselves. Plus there's an issue of it coming from Oregon (they are in WA, but it was last titled in Oregon), and OR and WA have different rules for titleing trailers, and for what size of boat needs to be registered (and being a small boat, it's right on the borderline). I think we have it under control now, he's getting the right forms and going to get the old man to sign them and have them notarized. I really don't think anyone's doing anything dishonest here, it's just an old boat, and things have gotten misplaced. I could be wrong, but that's my gut feeling.

Still, I want to be pretty sure before I hand over hard earned cash, and definitly before I begin working on it. My worst fear would be to do a bunch of work to something and then find out there were title problems. If they're just trying to stiff me out of a few hundred dollars, I already know where they live!
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By the way Stef, you know the definition of a boat don't you?

"a hole in the water into which large sums of money is thrown!" But they sure are a lot of fun and worth every penny.
And planes = "a hole in the air..." Good thing they don't say that about Airstreams ....
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Stef, does it look like one of these?

Or one of these?

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Boats can be very emotional...
Get you where you cannot think straight.

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Wow, Klattu. Who could fault you.

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Awesome, Steph! Congrats on your cool finned boat! I am dying for pics!

There is a finned boat near our house in Texas -- it has been sitting on the ground the whole time we lived there. You have given me some backbone to go ask about it next time we are in town there!

We have a wooden 1954 Wagemaker Wolverine and an Amphicar, but have had neither one of them in the water (Amphi needs some quarter panels, or it would be a very poor submarine very quickly). I can't wait!

Good luck with the paperwork!

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That is a gorgeous little boat, Klattu!
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